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PCB halves Umar Akmal’s suspension

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday reduced by half the three-year suspension awarded to batsman Umar Akmal in a disciplinary case against him.

Earlier in April this year, a PCB disciplinary committee had imposed the ban from all cricket on the 30-year-old batter for failing to report to the board two incidents of contacts made by suspicious persons before the start of the fifth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Feb 20.

Speaking to the media after his appearance in front of the disciplinary panel on Wednesday, Akmal expressed displeasure on the decision and said that he will appeal again to get the remaining ban duration suspended.

“There have been many cricketers before me who have committed corruption but none of them were given punishment as severe as mine. I will appeal once more to get my sentence reduced,” Akmal was quoted as saying.

While the batsman had submitted an appeal against his suspension, he did not contest the case and accepted his mistake before the disciplinary committee. He, however, tried to justify his position.

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